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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the Vietnam Veteran Combat in war poses many hardships for the men who fight Living conditions are usually harsh and exposure to traumatic events the norm During the middle part of this century America sent young men off to Vietnam to battle communism When those that survived returned their pain and suffering did not end An unthankful society and exposure to extreme trauma suffered by these soldiers developed into PostTraumatic Stress Syndrome and is suffered by soldiers to this day Until recently the condition of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome was not fully understood but now it is known that PTSD severely affects many combat veterans and their families Throughout much of history it was thought that soldiers who were physiologically damaged were shell shocked or rattled from the loud explosions of artillery shells However during WWI a study done by Sigmund Freud concluded that there was an actual mental problem with soldiers who had seen combat and not a physiological problem as earlier thought Brende and Parson 67 Research has been conducted for the past decade to understand PTSD and why so many Vietnam veterans are afflicted by it In a study done by the National Vietnam Veterans Outreach Program it has been estimated that 750000 to 950000 need counseling help to readjust because of PTSD symptoms Brende and Parson xvi The symptoms include irratableness flashbacks insomnia panic guilt and nightmares Goleman 64 Dr Matsakis a psychologist with the Veterans Administration suggests that PTSD is a reaction to experiences that a normal person is not exposed to 15 Also she explains that because emotional numbing is produced to help someone get over a traumatic experience and since veterans are unable to do so emotional numbing becomes a principal part of their PTSD 28 In the Vietnam War there were some unique features that aided in the development of PTSD A profound effect
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